Swinney remains positive despite disappointing literacy figures

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They may not have been the numbers that Holyrood ministers would have wanted to publish, but, according to official statistics released this week, around a third of primary pupils are not reaching the expected literacy level for their age and stage.

The figures – which are based on teacher assessments of their pupils’ abilities – show that 71 per cent of primary pupils were believed to be performing at the standard of literacy expected under Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).

However, that proportion dropped to as low as 59 per cent for the most deprived children in P7, the last year of primary ...

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